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Early Settlers of Berwick, Maine

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  • John Morrell, Jr. (1675 - 1763)
  • Thomas Canney (c.1610 - aft.1681)
    Good site to see family. He was a sea captain. He came to New Hampshire in 1630 in the employment of Capt. John Mason. In 1640 he was living at Piscataqua, Maine, in 1670 at York, and later at Dover....
  • Humphrey Chadbourne, of Berwick (bef.1615 - 1667)
    The first record we have found indicating his presence in America is the 1640 list of Residents of NH From Chadbourn.org HUMPHREY2 CHADBOURNE (1. William1), baptized Tamworth, Warwickshire, England...
  • Peter Grant (1631 - 1718)
    The James Grant who married Elizabeth Everell was NOT his father, but he was a kinsman. Peter Grant was captured at the Battle of Dunbar on 3 September 1650 and deported to America. Because he was tr...
  • Ens. Richard Nason (1606 - bef.1696)
    Richard Was Baptised 03 Aug. 1606 at Stratford-on-Avon, England. Richard married Sarah Baker, 1635 in Dover, New Hampshire. He was living at pipe Stave Landing, Kittery, Maine in 1639. 1649 was a Jurym...

"In May, 1630, the barke Warwick found its way up the Piscataqua and Newichawannock rivers. On board were Ambrose Gibbons, Roger Knight and probably Thomas Spencer. Their wives came the following year."

So begins Everett Stackpole's The First Permanent Settlement in Maine (c1926). According to Wikipedia:

"Originally part of Kittery, the area later comprised by Berwick was settled about 1631 and called Kittery Commons or Kittery North Parish. It was later called Unity after the ship that transported Scots prisoners of war from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 to the colonies. (These Scots had been force-marched to Durham Cathedral in Durham, England, then tried for treason for supporting Charles II rather than Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector.[5] Many settled near Berwick in an area near the northern Eliot-York border, which came to be known – and still is – as Scotland Bridge.)[6]

"Landing in Massachusetts, the royalist soldiers were sold as indentured servants, many of whom went to work at the Great Works sawmill, located on the Great Works River, until they were able to pay for their own freedom. (George Gray, formerly of Lanark, Scotland, was an example of the 150 prisoners who endured this ordeal. In 1675, he defended his family and lands when the community was attacked during King Philip's War, and died in Unity in 1693. His descendants would populate other areas of Maine, notably Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine).

"The raid by Indians in 1675 was the first of several during what was known as King Philip's War. In 1690–1691 during King William's War, the village was burned and abandoned in the Raid on Salmon Falls. It was resettled in 1703 and called Newichawannock, its old Abenaki name. In 1713, it was incorporated by the Massachusetts General Court as Berwick, after Berwick-upon-Tweed, England. The first schoolhouse in the state was built here in 1719. The town was raided numerous times during Father Rale's War. Berwick was once considerably larger in size, but South Berwick was set off in 1814, followed by North Berwick in 1831. Lumbering was a principal early industry. The first lumber exported from the American colonies was clapbords and barrel staves loaded aboard Pied Cowe at South Berwick in 1634.[7] Beginning in the 19th century, Berwick had a symbiotic economic relationship with Somersworth, New Hampshire, the mill town to which it is connected by bridge.[8]"

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Early Settlers

  • Tho. Abbot
  • S. Brackett
  • Thomas Canney
  • J. Cooper
  • Humphrey Chadbourne
  • ... Etherington
  • Dan'l Goodwin
  • William Goodwin
  • Peter Grant
  • John Green
  • Rob't Grey
  • David Hamilton
  • F. Harlow
  • Nicho. Hodson
  • Philip Hubbard
  • John Key
  • Nathaniel Lord
  • N. Lord
  • R. Lord
  • William Love
  • John Lovering
  • Richard Nason
  • Sylvanus Nocke
  • Elisha Plaisted
  • Roger Plaisted
  • Jos. Pray
  • James Smith
  • M. Spencer
  • T. Spencer
  • James Stackpole
  • Dan'l. Stone
  • John Taylor
  • Miles Thompson
  • Richard Tozich
  • Dan'l. Wadleigh
  • James Warren
  • Timothy Wentworth
  • John Wingcoll

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